Easier Said than Done!
This month we finally broke ground on the greenhouse. This task has been haunting us for quite some time, but construction is underway and we hope to finish within the next couple weeks.
When we planned to build the greenhouse we had a separate site picked out and most of the foundation work was already completed. We learned we could build it on the farm and that changed everything. Then it became a time issue, and because it is at Temple Hall, we had to wait until after The Fall Festival Season was over to get started. Now, it's a race against the weather.-Patrick Cox
Legacy Farms has plenty of opportunities for people to earn volunteer hours for school, work, or simply because you just want to help others.
One way to get involved is to become an intern as an instructor/teachers aid. As we move toward Spring 2017, we will begin hiring staff, slowly at first as we will be working toward earning our CARF Accreditation. While we are going through this process, we will need qualified interns to help in the greenhouse and garden. This is a great way to gain valuable experience working directly with people who have a wide range of disabilities, and if you're going to school to become a teacher or work with people who have special needs, what better way to learn than outdoors on a farm.
Another way to get involved is to volunteer as a garden instructor/aid. This is a great position for seniors looking for something to do, horticulturists looking for a fun project, or an average gardener looking to improve their skills and help out along the way.
We are always interested in learning more and your expert input would benefit our farmers as they learn new and innovative gardening techniques. Your experience could be what inspires one of our applicants to go into a certain field or take on a new project themselves.
70% of the produce we grow is donated to local food banks and organizations that assist low-income families. By helping us, your guidance and skills will ensure those we help get the best, highest quality produce.
Joining an Advisory Committee and putting your professional skills to use is another way to get involved and make a real difference. We are looking for people with experience in marketing, fundraising and event management, volunteer management and leadership, gardening and horticulture, business/nonprofit management, and finance and accounting. Our advisory committees meet 4 times a year as well as during special events and special projects.
At Legacy Farms we are not just a group of people working together, we are a family and we are growing. We would love for you to join.